Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Subtle Signs

Seasons often change in tiny increments. After the summer equinox, the days get gradually shorter. It's hard to notice at first, but one morning when you awake, it's not as light outside as it was a few weeks earlier.
One of the first harbingers of fall that I notice, is the leaves of sumac. They turn the most beautiful shade of crimson you can imagine. When I was younger, I always wanted a car painted that color.
Then comes the song of the cicadas at dusk. You can hear choruses of them grinding away like tiny coffee grinders. Every now and then, they wind down as if to change gears, and then start back up.
As summer wears on I notice a slight change in the angle of the light as it pokes through the trees in the evenings.
You can't judge by a change in the temperature or humidity, because there are years you can swim through September.
As we walked this morning before 9 and perspiration soaked through my tee shirt, I stopped on the path and shot this picture of sumac, and smiled, because I realized that autumn will be here before we know it.


  1. I so want this summer to last as long as possible after all these months of greyness! Take care

  2. You are definitely soul people!!
    What a spiritual moment to enjoy in the morning.
    I would have loved to take a morning walk with you and watched the sun, listen to the cicadas and changing colors.
    I used to have moments like this in Quebec but in BC, it's all different.

  3. ... and autumn is my favorite time of year.


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